Easy Braided Hairstyle – Perfect for Fall

I’m not big on washing my hair. I could lie and say that it’s because it’s good for my hair but really, it’s because I’m lazy. Instead of washing it, I’ve come up with what is essentially a schedule for my hair that goes a little something like this:
Day 1 – Down
Day 2 – Down, top half clipped back (sometimes with braid or twist in front)
Day 3 – Some type of braided updo
Day 4 – Fully up, lots of dry shampoo
I posted a picture of me with this hairstyle on Instagram and was surprised that people thought I was an amazing braider. I’m decent at best. It’s definitely one of those things that looks way harder to do than it is. I also think it’s a bit easier to braid slightly dirty hair. Here’s how I do it:

The key to this is that instead of doing a traditional french braid on each side, you only pull new hair into the braid from around your face (steps 4 and 5). Once you’ve finished both braids, loosen them up a bit (steps 7 and 8). Then last, you pin them criss crossed (step 9) and loop the ends around to tuck them in (step 10) and pin some more.

If you can’t french braid, I’d bet this would look pretty cute with two regular braids pinned back as well. This style was great for keeping my bangs back and hair out of my face during the summer but it will also be great with a cozy scarf in the fall.

See? Dirty hair for sure. Happy Friday!

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  • Love this hairstyle. I’ve been working on a braiding tutorial too. Do you take your pictures on a tripod or have someone do it for you.

  • I love this! I wait as long as possible to wash my hair too! I really need to invest in some dry shampoo. What do you use?

    I have super long hair so I was learning to french braid last summer and got fairly good at it. It’s funny to see your schedule because mine is the exact same way. Gotta wear it down on day one because that’s always when it looks best!

    By the way, I’m not sure who designed your blog, but your header is one of the best I’ve seen. Just simple black but the way you have “blonde” hanging from the bottom looks so neat!

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  • Beautiful hairstyle – love it!! I’ve never been good at braiding my own hair, but now I want to start practicing! 🙂

  • Cute hair style! I suck at braiding my own hair, and I should practice this. I also want to get better at not washing my hair quite so often. This is a good in-between washes style! 🙂

  • Very cute! There is no way I could do that to my own hair. I’m terrible at braids. I get so impatient!

  • must.try.this.

  • um, yup that’s amazing! I can’t braid my hair at ALL! My hands fall asleep in the first 3 seconds and I get so frustrated!
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  • I love braids but I usually make an downwards braid that’s French + very local . I love it so I would surely try it 😉

  • That’s cute but it still looks super hard! then again my hair is super fine, so regardless of clean or dirty, it doesn’t hold a braid (or anything) well.

  • Yes! I too have an aversion to washing my hair, and French braids are the best. One of my favorites is a regular French braid down the middle, braided all the way to the end, then tuck the entire length of the braid that’s a regular braid up under the ending of the part that’s a French braid. (I hope that makes sense.) People think I’m super fancy and it’s really the easiest ever. I’ve even worn it in a wedding before. Also, Monja is the CUTEST!!!

  • You make it looks easy but I would end up with a tangled mess if I tried it………lol

  • WOW, you are so great! I love how you braided and pinned it back!

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  • I do the same thing!! Braiding is definitely my Day 3 style. Glad I’m not alone with the “never washing my hair” hygiene. 😉

  • I have come up with kind of the same schedule…simply because washing and drying my hair takes forever!
    I can’t quite go four days my hair gets so greasy so fast.

    Another trick I have found if you don’t have dry shampoo…sprinkle a little baby powder at your roots! It’s genius…I don’t want to dye my hair dark again for that reason alone!

    🙂 Happy Monday!

  • Gorgeous, love!

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